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Her Mantle of Light

“Her Mantle of Light” refers to the Blessed Virgin Mary and her apparitions in Fatima to the three little shepherd children – Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco.  Our Lady would ask them on May 17, 1917 – “Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which he is offended, and of supplication for the conversion of sinners?”

“Yes, we are willing!”. . .was the answer that came back to that most serious and heart wrenching question proposed to the little children from Our Lady of Fatima.

“Then you are going to have much to suffer,” she said, “but the grace of God will be your comfort.”

Her Mantle

These were little children who were first visited by the “Angel of Peace” in the Spring of 1916.  At that time Lucia was nine, Francisco eight and Jacinta six.

He told them “Do not be afraid!” and taught them many prayers. . .but now here was our Blessed Mother appearing to all three of them on May 13, 1917 and telling them that they would have much to suffer because they gave their “yes.”

What made them give their “yes” that day in May?  Listen to this account from Lucia:

“As she pronounced these last words, Our Lady opened her hands for the first time, communicating to us a light so intense that, as it streamed from her hands, its rays penetrated our hearts and the innermost depths of our souls, making us see ourselves in God, Who was that light, more clearly than we see ourselves in the best of mirrors.  Then, moved by an interior impulse that was also communicated to us, we fell on our knees, repeating in our hearts: “O most Holy Trinity, I adore You!  My God, my God, I love you in the most Blessed Sacrament.”

Light Versus Darkness

These little shepherd children saw themselves in “God’s Light” as if seeing themselves in the best of mirrors as written above.  Can you imagine if we “all” saw ourselves in that “light of God?”  There would be no darkness, there would be no error – we would see ourselves “inside the light.”  It would be certainly a personal illumination and help us to change our ways and grow closer in union with God.  I would think we would know how much we were loved by God and known by Him so intimately!  It would be a changed world if we but listened to Our Blessed Mother and Her Son Jesus.

Reparation of First Saturdays

On December 10, 1925, Jesus and Mary asked for the reparation of the First Saturdays at the apparition in Pontevedra, Spain.  Our Blessed Mother appeared to Sr. Lucia and by her side – elevated on a luminous cloud, was a child.  Our Lady rested her hand on Lucia’s shoulder and as she did so – she showed her a heart encircled by thorns which she was holding in her other hand.

At the same time, the Child said,

“Have compassion on the Heart of your most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”

The Blessed Mother then said, “Look, my daughter, at my Heart surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude.  You at least try to console me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”

Blasphemies and Ingratitude

Jesus would explain to Sr. Lucia why the “first five consecutive months” for First Saturdays – there were five ways in which people offend and blaspheme against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

First, the blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Second, against her virginity.

Third, against her divine maternity, refusing at the same time to accept her as the mother of all mankind.

Fourth, those who try publicly to instill in children’s hearts indifference, contempt and even hate against this

Immaculate Mother.

Fifth, those who insult her directly in her sacred images.

What Can We Do?

 I wrote this blog to “compassionate” with the “Mother” who is blasphemed in such horrific ways – especially in “her sacred images!”  

Tomorrow is the First Saturday of July.  Let us make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as both she and Jesus asked us to do through Sr. Lucia.  Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia would give up their lunches and give it to the sheep, go without a drink of water, and do many other penances. . .too numerous to mention.  They were just “little children!”  We are capable of so much more.  So much more!  We can give our total “yes” to what she asks above for First Saturday devotion to Her Immaculate Heart!

Light, Love and Motherly Tenderness

I would like to close with this message taken from Fr. Gobbi’s Blue Book – The Marian Movement for Priests.  This is our Blessed Mother speaking to each of us personally with great love and affection.

 

 

 

I want to look at you with these eyes of mine, which have just opened to the light.  

You are called to be the pupils of my eyes; you are destined to carry my light to the ends of the earth.  

The light which I give you is that of my Son Jesus.  

Bring everywhere the light of his word, to route the great darkness of error,

which has spread through the world.  

Bring the light of his life to overcome the coldness of sin and evil,

which has made the hearts of many of my children hard and dry.  

Bring the light of his presence among you,

so that the heavenly dew of divine mercy may descend in every part of the earth.”

 

 

Her Gaze

The words posted above were taken from Fr. Gobbi’s book from a passage dated September 8, 1995 – Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

How beautiful that our Mother invites us to be the “pupils of her eyes” and to carry that light to the ends of the earth.  We can do that so easily as we go about our daily chores. Greeting the mailman with a bottle of water on a hot day, helping someone with the door as they exit a store.  The list is endless and then we are in the business of spreading love and light instead of discord and darkness

Let us treasure and reverence this beautiful Mother of God that Jesus bequeathed to us while hanging on the Cross.  St. John took Her into his home and we, too, can not only take her into our homes but right into our hearts!

Invite her this First Saturday and your life will never be the same! It will be one of peace, joy and love – the love that will shine out from the “pupils of your eyes!” And in that love – you will be making reparation for all the offenses caused to her Immaculate Heart – especially when she is insulted through her sacred images.

 

©2024 Anita Guariglia

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Fr. Gobbi’s – Blue Book – The Marian Movement of Priests

Passages taken from “A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary” Sister Maria Lucia of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart

and “Inside the Light” Understanding the Message of Fatima – Sr. Angela de Fatima Coelho

 

 

 

2 Responses

    1. Absolutely……let us follow in the footsteps of the missionaries – those at home and those out in the fields!!!!

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